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Birch Century brings OE's victory over Norman Piette Cobo

15 Jun 2021
Written by Ben Ferbrache
Club News
The OE's in a team huddle at the drinks break
The OE's in a team huddle at the drinks break

Charlie Birch continued his fine run of form by scoring a match winning hundred against Norman Piette Cobo. Norman Piette Cobo won the toss and elected to bat first on what looked to be a very good College Field wicket. Ben Johnson once again took the new ball after coming up against the OE's himself for Elizabeth College in the annual past Vs. present fixture on the Friday evening. He continued where he left off beating the bat on several occasions with no joy. He was well supported by Matt Stokes from the Pavilion end. After the first powerplay Norman Piette Cobo moved onto 41 for no loss with ex Elizabeth College students Zak Damarell and Alex Bushell well set.

That was until Charlie Birch who replaced Johnson from the top end of the ground removed Alex Bushell with a simple catch caught by player coach Ben Ferbrache at mid on with the score on 50. This brought to the crease another Guernsey batter in Ollie Newey an excellent yorker by Birch removed Newey with the score on 81. The Island cricketers continued to arrive at the crease including Guernsey Captain Josh Butler, he and Damarell took the score to 117 for 2 until Jake Swaisland removed Damarell who was well set on 52 caught by Charlie Birch at mid on. The impressive Louis Steyn then found the leading edge of Butler and was well caught at backward point by Charlie Clapham leaving Cobo on 139 for 4.

With the Game in the balance ex Elizabeth College student Will Peatfield joined Dec Martel at the crease fresh off a century the previous weekend Vs. Wanderers Irregulars. Ollie Clapham replaced Louis Steyn at the Pavilion end with the latter finishing up with figures of 10 overs for 1 for 30 including 1 maiden. Peatfield pushed at a Clapham delivery and was excellent caught by Ben Johnson diving forwards at mid wicket. Another in form and ex EC First XI captain Jamie Nussbaumer joined Martel at the crease he was removed by a shorter pitched Jake Swaisland delivery and was well caught on the leg side boundary by Ollie Clapham.

Martel was proving to be the glue that Cobo required that was until he pushed for a quick single to extra cover and Ferbrache combined with Fintan Ridgwick removed another ex student Matt Merrien whilst short of his ground. Last seasons opening bowler Kieran Le Gallez now in Cobo colours joined Martel and batted sensibly to try and post a competitive score for his side. Martel was the next man to go when a Ben Johnson returned for his second spell. He skied a slower delivery to the waiting Ferbrache at mid off. The same pair combined once again in a carbon copy of Martel's dismissal for the final wicket of Le Gallez with Cobo posting 224 all out in 48.4 overs.

After another superb lunch by John Fleming the OE's begin their run chase. Stokes and Birch set about their business in similar fashion to the previous weekend both looking in excellent touch. With the openers combining for another 50 run partnership in the 11th over the OE's looked on track for their second victory of the campaign. The chase took a small blow when a firm drive back down the ground by Birch was deflected by the bowler onto the stumps removing a diving Stokes trying to make his ground. Stokes was looking in glorious form punishing some scrumptious drives through the offside. Birch was joined by captain Morgan Clayton who followed Stokes back to the Pavilion shortly afterwards with the score on 99.

This brought Ferbrache to the crease and he and Birch began to set the run chase by rotating the strike and punishing any loose bowling. Birch moved to 50 off 75 balls with 122 needed in 28 overs. Birch then started to open up a little more and increase the scoring rate. He reached 74 8 overs later and continued to bat very well. With the OE's needing 37 off the final 10 overs the game looked to be dead and buried with Birch well set on 97 and Ferbrache well set on 36. Birch reached his 3 figures once again with a single into the leg side diving to make his ground with the score on 192 for 2. Current student Dan Brown was bought into the attack and removed Birch caught on the leg side boundary. With the game seemingly dead and buried the OE's had a little wobble losing a further two wickets and slipping from 199 for 2 to 215 for 5. Ferbrache showed his experience along with Swaisland to see the OE's home with 2 overs to spare and Ferbrache on 55 not out. 

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